CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Calgary Flames players wear the #4 of former Flame player and coach Brad McCrimmon during the warm up before NHL action against the Detroit Red Wings on January 31, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. McCrimmon died in a plane crash while coaching in Russia. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis